ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 review

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 both provide excellent cushioning and enough stability for underpronators and mild overpronators. Learn how they differ.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are ASICS' top-of-the-line cushioning shoes for runners who don't need any kind of pronation control. If you need pronation control, you can look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano.


There are very subtle differences between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. For starters, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus can be seen as the little brother/sister of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 and ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 consist of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays. Both running shoes have a similar amount of overlays, but they are placed differently.

The main overlays that wrap the midfoot and display the ASICS logo are placed a bit more to the back on the medial side of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, while they run right across the midfoot on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has FluidFit technology, which are just stretchy overlays in the upper. This allows the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 to provide a little bit more variability to hold the foot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 provides. The former should fit many types of feet.

The overlays that run over the toe box are also placed differently in the two running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 being more "open" on the medial side. This means that if you have large bunions, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 would provide you with more room in the toe box than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 would.

The heel counter is also more flexible in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. In the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 the heel counter is the more traditional built-in and harder cup at the back of the shoe, so it should feel a little bit more rigid at the back of the foot. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 gives you a more customized and comfortable fit at the back of the heel.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are pretty similar and consist of the same materials: A FluidRide midsole that provides cushioning and bounce back, and GEL cushioning in both the heel and forefoot.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has more GEL cushioning in both the forefoot and the heel than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. The difference in amount of GEL is clearly visible when you look at the lateral sides of the shoes.

The outsoles of both running shoes are also pretty similar in construction and layout. Both consist of durable, thick, and broad rubber lugs. And both have the Guidance Line vertical flex groove and the built-in Impact Guidance System (IGS) for an efficient gait.

The rubber lugs in the outsoles are well segmented under the heel for shock absorption and dissipation. The separation continues in the forefoot, but because the rubber lugs are large, you will not get the type of flexibility you would otherwise get from for example the ASICS GT-2000 or the ASICS GT-2000 2.

But this amount of rubber also has a good side: The shoes will be very durable and capable of handling high mileage. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has just a little bit more rubber than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, so should be a tad more durable.

The big difference between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 lies really in the quality of the materials used and the luxury in the shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 provides lots of soft memory foam around the collar and in the tongue, which should feel pretty plush and soft against your foot. The ASICS GEL- Cumulus on the other hand has a more basic tongue and collar; the foam feels just a little bit firmer.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams) compared to 9.4 oz (265 grams) of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the men's ASICS GEL-Culumus 16 also weighs 11.9 oz.

They are just about the same weight and should deliver similar protection from the road. It is just a matter of determining how much comfort and luxury you want in a running shoe and how much of a customized fit you are going to want that will make you choose the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 over the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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